Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

linnea2(z5 NY)July 9, 2004

Looking at my Miss Kim Lilac hedge after the last couple of rains,

they looked stressed and starting to curl up the leaves.

Going into the soil, it was dry dust 1/8" below the surface and down.

They have some mulch still, but basically got nothing from the

last storms.

We laboriously "force fed" water, holding the wand pressed against the

soil next to the trunks until the water began to absorb into the

root ball and surrounding soil, (there are 35 of them) until

every one

was thoroughly moist way down (checked with trowel).

They look a lot happier now.

These were planted last season and have grown and flowered well.

Just thought I'd give alert, in case anyone else is fooled by these

heavy rains that in some areas just wash over, without absorbing

into the ground.

More recent plantings were fine, but some one and two year old

plantings were definitely suffering.

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blackcat333(z6 NY)

My yard is pretty dry as well.

I'd like to get some rain barrels in the future, and I was thinking of using them to fill gallon milk jugs that I had cut slits into. Then, I'd place the jugs around the garden. Sort of a drip irrigation system. Does that sound like it'd work?

    Bookmark   July 9, 2004 at 8:23PM
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dian57(M-H Valley NY-5)

Funny timing on this thread. I just moved some plants around my yard this past week. Last evening I dragged the sprinkler out of the shed. After only 1/2 hour or so the grass around the transplants really perked up. I spent most of the night moving the sprinkler around the yard every few hours. Everything really was too dry, despite some impressive, but short, rainstorms lately.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2004 at 6:04AM
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The sprinkler is going out in front right now and will be moved to the back garden in another half hour. The weather forecast is for at least 10 more days with only isolated thunderstorms and they won't be much help.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2004 at 10:57AM
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I think we're all in pretty good shape now. It was raining most of the night and is raining pretty hard this morning. I think we're looking at a couple of days of this, hopefully too much water won't damage anything.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 5:43AM
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blackcat333(z6 NY)

The newspaper says tornadoes and hail. Yikes!

Now, all my weeds will have a growth spurt!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 10:02AM
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linnea2(z5 NY)

This is the stuff we needed!
Everything's going to be happy now.

I love this kind of summer rain, so kindly!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2004 at 10:04AM
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